UNDERCURRENTS

UNDERCURRENTS

By Ken Ogasawara
Welcome to MCC Ontario's first podcast!
Undercurrents is an experiment - a new way of sharing the stories we are privileged to hear through our work (mostly in our Ontario programs). From starting a new life after prison, to piano lessons in a new world, we hear from program participants, volunteers, staff, and others, who face each day with courage and hope.
Thank you for joining us - please subscribe!
Produced with support from Kindred Credit Union.
Original music by Brian MacMillan.
Artwork by Jesse Bergen.
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Update 2: "We are listening."
Listeners call in from around the world with messages of insight, gratitude, and inspiration for our interview subjects ... and one call that missed the mark but made the cut. Thank you to all who responded! Original music by Brian MacMillan  Artwork by Jesse Bergen Sponsored in part by Kindred Credit Union
07:23
July 30, 2020
Ep 6: Save The Evidence
We hear stories from a residential school survivor that she refuses to tell her own family; we hear from indigenous partners who are working to reclaim their culture; and settlers wrestle with their evolving relationship with Canada (it’s complicated). Links: Woodland Cultural Centre’s Save The Evidence campaign. VIDEO: Sandy Yuen and Nick Hamm share about their experience learning from indigenous leaders and working at the Mohawk Institute Residential School. VIDEO: Karen Hill shares part of her story as a survivor of Mohawk Institute Residential School along with visuals of the Mohawk building looks like, inside and out. Learn more about MCC’s Indigenous Neighbours program Deeper reading (which we will be getting into more in Season 2!) Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. Statement from Mennonite Church Leaders in response to TRC. Credits: Theme song and other original music from Brian MacMillan. Artwork by Jesse Bergen. Licensed music from deWolfe Music. Sponsored by Kindred Credit Union.
24:37
June 4, 2020
Update 1: Let's give them a hand!
We would have been hearing great feedback from you - THANK YOU. It reminded us that especially during this time of self quarantine and physical isolation, it would be especially meaningful for those who shared their stories so vulnerably and candidly, to hear from YOU.  We are asking you to send a note of encouragement, gratitude, inspiration, etc, to our podcast guests who shared their stories with us. Please send your notes of encouragement, thanks, etc to podcast@mcco.ca or even better, leave a voicemail at 519-745-8458 ext 233. Toll free at 1-800-313-6226 ext 233. (Please leave your contact information in case we'd like to get your permission to share your message in a future update.) We are so grateful for people like Wayne (Ep 2: Wayne's World) who shared about his life and journey to stable housing. There’s Patrick and his family (Ep 3: Refugees and Piano Lessons)  who used music and language to stay connected to their culture after arriving in Canada as a refugees. Or Maria (Ep 4: Radical Acceptance) who taught us the power of radical acceptance after two stints in prison. And Israeli peace activist Sahar Vardi (Ep 5: David and Goliath) who had been imprisoned by her own government for advocating for Palestinian human rights. Or crusty old MCC staff like Pete Olson (Ep 1: Being Jesus) who shared his testimony and how it challenged him to work with people who were made homeless.
02:33
May 22, 2020
Ep 5: David and Goliath
What happens when David becomes Goliath? This is our only international episode in Season 1. We explore the tragic realities of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, and hear from those on both sides of the wall working for peace. What can you do? When confronted with the enormity of this story, we might feel angry, dispairing, or helpless. Here are a few action items for you to do to work toward Palestinian justice: Advocate: Sign this petition. It is a call for the Canadian government to "request that Israel immediately lift the blockade on Gaza to enable medical and humanitarian aid during the COVID-19 pandemic, and insist that Israel permanently end its blockade of Gaza; and vote at the UN General Assembly in alignment with the majority of the international community taking a stance in line with international law and human rights for Palestinians." Sign this petition. No Way To Treat A Child Canada - "I urge you to prioritize human rights of Palestinian children and hold Israeli authorities accountable for widespread and systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian child detainees. " Donate: Support MCC's work in Palestine and Israel. Pray: Click here to read or download this beautiful prayer for peace for Palestinians and Israelis. Links: A Cry For Home - a rich resource of stories from Palestinians and Jews living in Palestine and Israel. Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Centre, where Tareq Al-Zougbi works. Implications of US “Peace Plan” for Middle East   US Congressional Research Service report on Israel - detailing US military aid to Israel over the years. Credits: Theme song and other original music from Brian MacMillan. Artwork by Jesse Bergen. Licensed music from deWolfe Music. Sponsored by Kindred Credit Union. Leave us a message at podcast@mcco.ca or 519-745-8458 ext 233. We would love to hear from you!
27:07
May 14, 2020
Ep 4: Radical Acceptance
Restaurants and restorative justice. Shame vs accountability.  And what it takes to be a bridge from prison to community. Links: Restorative Justice (RJ) program at MCC in Ontario: mcco.ca/rj Faith Community Re-integration Program (FCRP) is a program funded by Correctional Service Canada. Credits: Theme song and other original music from Brian MacMillan. Artwork by Jesse Bergen. Licensed music from deWolfe Music. Sponsored by Kindred Credit Union. Leave us a message at podcast@mcco.ca or 519-745-8458 ext 233. We would love to hear from you!
14:24
May 6, 2020
Ep 3: Refugees and Piano Lessons
Forced migration, the unique way Canadians can protect lives, and how music is helping one resettled family stay grounded. (This was originally the pilot episode created Fall 2018 but has been updated to reflect current statistics). Links: Choose Welcome - a national campaign for Canadians to transform lives through refugee sponsorship: www.choosewelcome.ca Credits: Theme song and other original music from Brian MacMillan. Artwork by Jesse Bergen. Licensed music from deWolfe Music. Sponsored by Kindred Credit Union. Leave us a message at podcast@mcco.ca or 519-745-8458 ext 233. We would love to hear from you!
11:53
April 29, 2020
Ep 2: Wayne's World
From a childhood lesson, to homelessness, to dress shopping, Wayne shares one of the most valuable things we can receive: the gift of a stranger’s story. Links: Circle of Friends: https://mcccanada.ca/learn/more/circle-friends Credits: Assistant producer: Broderick Visser Theme song and other original music from Brian MacMillan. Artwork by Jesse Bergen. Licensed music from deWolfe Music. Sponsored by Kindred Credit Union. Leave us a message at podcast@mcco.ca or 519-745-8458 ext 233. We would love to hear from you!
19:09
April 22, 2020
Ep 1: Being Jesus
This episode is about homelessness, an obnoxious ex-pastor, and the age old question: What would Jesus do (and why don’t we do it)? Links: TOOLS program: https://www.mcctools.net/ Interview with Dr. Sam Tsemberis from the Housing First website: https://youtu.be/pMLsG8x-3Rs Excellent resource on homelessness in Canada with statistics, research, and case studies: https://www.homelesshub.ca/ Assistant producer: Broderick Visser Theme song and other original music from Brian MacMillan. Artwork by Jesse Bergen. Licensed music from deWolfe Music. Sponsored by Kindred Credit Union. Leave us a message at podcast@mcco.ca or 519-745-8458 ext 233. We would love to hear from you!
24:50
April 15, 2020
Introducing: Undercurrents
Welcome to MCC Ontario's first podcast! Undercurrents is an experiment - a new way of sharing the stories we are privileged to hear through our work. From starting a new life after prison, to piano lessons in a new world, we hear from program participants, volunteers, staff, and others, who face each day with courage and hope. Most of the stories will be from our local programs here in Ontario but we may occasionally jump out to stories from across Canada or even an internationally story if we can wrangle it. Season 1 drops on April 15th. Subscribe to Undercurrents at Apple podcasts or Google podcasts so you don’t miss an episode. Produced with support from Kindred Credit Union.  Original music by Brian MacMillan. Artwork by Jesse Bergen.
01:17
April 4, 2020